This pumpkin spice smoothie is so good with none of the guilt
True story: On a recent unseasonably warm day, we ventured with our co-workers to the land of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. After placing our orders, one woman professed that her week of bad choices continued because she gave into her cravings for the fall favorite. Another said she only indulges in the coveted drink once a year, on a day she deems the quintessential autumn day.
But what if we didn’t have to feel guilty or save pumpkin spice for just one day? Enter the Pumpkin Spice Smoothie.
This five-star rated recipe from About.com is quick, easy and will quench your Pumpkin Spice cravings without the calories, sugar and fat that can turn a tasty treat into a guilty pleasure. Ready, set, indulge!
PUMPKIN SPICE SMOOTHIE
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ½ of a very ripe medium-sized banana (preferably frozen)
- ¾ cup fat free vanilla yogurt (vanilla Greek yogurt works, too)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup crushed ice
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. If you don’t already have a blender you love, consider this Ninja Professional model, $139.99, Target, that Comes with two single-serving cups and travel lids.
The recipe makes two servings between 8- and 10-ounces, which means you can fill both travel cups and hit the road with your healthy pumpkin smoothie.
Speaking of healthy, each serving has 167 calories, less than one gram of fat, 34 grams of carbohydrates, 3.1 grams of fiber and 6.6 grams of protein.
If you’re not heading out the door and are serving your smoothies at brunch, grab these Jack O’Lantern stemless wine glasses for a fun presentation, $41.99 for a set of four, Overstock.com.
Finally, if you want to take your pumpkin spice smoothie to the next level as a post-workout refueling option, bump up the protein by adding some vanilla whey powder before you blend the ingredients. A workout and a healthy smoothie? Goodbye pumpkin spice guilt, hello happiness!